|Small pest that is causing the leaves to be disfigured and coated with a white waxy layer can be seen in this photo.|
I've checked with palm expert Don Hodel at the Los Angeles Agricultural Extension offices and it turns out that the white substance is not from the aphid but from the palm. The pest in question may be a palm aphid, and is mostly harmless to the plant.
|Notice waxy coating and disfigured fronds.|
|Small pest -it could be a white fly, aphid or scale...or something else.|
|Another closeup of the waxy coating left by the pest and the pest itself (small spots on the leaves).|